E-Commerce and the Multi-Channel Retail Experience
To keep up with current trends and changing technologies, there is more to consider for retailers than just adding an online store to their range.
For more than a few years now, we have been living in a digitalized world, relocating many of our daily affairs to the computer screen. Whether that be education, entertainment, communication, or shopping: our day-to-day life is lived between the analog and the online world, thus becoming an omni-channel adventure in and of itself.
Online stores as a convenient alternative to stationary retail
From a retail aspect, this constant balance comes with many opportunities, but many challenges as well. The concept of e-commerce has introduced a convenience and variety never seen before, which naturally made online stores a popular addition or, in some cases, even alternative to a trip to the store.
However, progress didn’t stop at the introduction of online sales. New technologies, new trends in e-commerce, and unforeseen circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic require a great deal of adaptation from retailers and customers alike, to make the most of what the 21st century retail experience has to offer.
Changing wants and needs of customers as a challenge
For a retailer, this means not shying away from trying out new features, responding to changing buying behaviors, such as ROPO and BOPIS, and complying with changing demands and priorities of shoppers. In short, having the courage and curiosity to become a multi-channel retailer, offering customers a convenient symbiosis of shopping in person and online.